“…living a purposeful, joy-filled life is so important.”

You ever have one of those days that completely changes your perspective on the world? I’m talking about a moment in a day that refocuses your direction, a moment that reminds you of what’s truly important in life. I had one of those moments yesterday and I knew in my heart that what I’m about to tell you is the right thing for me. I have been contemplating Four Peaches Fabric and the roll it plays in my life.

I started 4PF with a dreamy goal of becoming the next Jenny Doan (Missouri Star). I had wild ambitions of starting online, someday owning my own shop and becoming a sewing ambition to the masses! It didn’t take long for reality to sit in. Being a sewing ambition is incredibly exhausting and shockingly expensive! It is amazing to me that so many quilt shops survive considering the huge cost involved. You can never carry everything you want to carry and trying to figure out what appeals to the most people is a crap shoot that even Vegas odds wouldn’t touch. The thing that really shocked me, however, is how much all of this process stole my joy. Quilting was no longer something I looked forward to. It became a task. Every project was a stress-filled selection of choosing a pattern I could carry. How many could I buy? What fabrics could I carry that go with it? How in the world would I get people to notice it? Websites! Shipping! AHHH! Joy gone, out the window. Until I discovered….blogging.

I do love to write and I love to share my crazy life with people. Along this journey I have been blessed to discover several bloggers and I started to realize that Four Peaches is a calling, I just answered it wrong! I have started to place my energy into blogging about fabrics, patterns and all things that interest me and let me tell you – JOY EXPLOSION!

Yesterday my husband received some health news that may change our lives forever and it really brought home to me that living a purposeful, joy-filled life is so important. Yesterday, after conversations of doctors and life decisions, I hugged my husband and said, “Let’s go wrap up Four Peaches.” Together we went through all the fabric and patterns and sorted everything. Together we closed the lid on one dream, and set forth together toward the unknown future.

I do not consider this a failure. Or, maybe it is and I have just learned the truth of what it means to fail. Failing means you tried. Failure means you gathered all of your convictions, your strength and your determination and you jumped off that cliff with the sheer faith that you were headed in the right direction. Failure is not the end; it is the beginning of a new direction. God gives us all journeys and strength for those journeys. We are embracing the new journey set before us.

But first, we must finish the original journey. As of today, I have priced nearly everything on my site at wholesale cost or below. I have changed my free, flat shipping rate to a flat $7.00, which is my actual true cost to ship via the USPS. I thank you for your support and for your continued support of My Four Peaches blog. Knowing you are all with me on this great journey we call life, gives me great encouragement. We are women, we are blessed, and together we are strong.

Still keeping it peachy,

Wendy

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28 thoughts on ““…living a purposeful, joy-filled life is so important.”

  1. When one door closes another opens. you are an inspiration and having product is not you worth, Realizing the reality of things is a success and I am glad you have found your joy again.

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  2. You got to take care of hubby first. And do what you gotta do. Dont ever think of it as failure. And yes, if your hobby becomes no fun, time for a change. God bless you…

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  3. You took a shot that many wouldn’t attempt and you found what does or doesn’t work for you. That’s not a failure in my book! All the best to you and your family as you embark on your re-routed path.

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  4. I know you have a beautiful future because you see the world in a beautiful way. Your husband is blessed to have you. May God hold your hands as you walk this journey. You and your husband and family are in my heart and my prayers.

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  5. A positive outlook makes all the difference in the world, and I’m glad that you have that. Best wishes to you and your family.

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  6. Family is the most important thing. My husband was recently diagnosed with cancer and it was so huge. I applaud you for deciding to do what brings you joy. I’ll be praying for you and your family. Hugs!

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  7. You and your family come first. Went through a similar situation five years ago with my husband. It was hard; I’m not lying. But, with the Lord’s help and great guidance from his doctors, we have crossed that major hurdle this past July. Recovery is an ongoing battle. But, it stops you in your tracks, letting you refocus on what’s most important in life. And, it humbles you. This is not a failure, but a life redirection. You and your family will be in my prayers.

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  8. Just erase that F word from your vocabulary (failure). You only fail if you don’t try. And you have stretched, and learned and ready to go on. Best wishes for your family and the next chapter in your lives. Will you continue this blog?

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  9. I am so sorry that your husband has received a hard diagnosis. I think its wonderful that you are picking your priorities and making plans! May God be with you and your family.

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  10. I am sorry also for your husbands diagnosis. God has spoken to your heart and lead you where HE wants you to go. With out Him I wouldn’t have gotten through the past 9 years since our lives changed. God is always with us & in us as long as we surrender our lives to Him . Blessings to you, your husband & family.

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  11. My prayers are with you and your family. You have made the right decision! Blessings to you and your family as you move forward in your new journey.

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  12. Praying for you. one thing I have learned is that life is about seasons. God gives us seasons of life. some seasons are short some are long. My husband always says, “we looked at all the information, prayed about it, and made the best decision at that time.” Not failure. I think failure would have been to let fear and uncertainty paralyze you. You took the risk, learned, inspired, and are coming to the end of that one season. thanks for being open and honest, and for taking the chance. what a blessing that you and your husband are entering this new season hand in hand!

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  13. Dear, your words went right to my heart. It’s a joy to “know” you through your blog and your other postings, and I look forward to more in the future. It sounds like you made a wise decision, followed your heart, and I’m sure have found a big sense of relief. My best to you and your husband! With love, Taunja!

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  14. What an inspiration you are! My prayers are with you and your family. Thank you for your honesty and openness, and for sharing your message of courage and sense of purpose. You and your husband will move forward together, and that is as it should be!

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  15. My DH also has received an unwanted diagnosis. It does change our lives. But the readers of my blog have been an encouragement and I know yours will be to you as well

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  16. You are one of the bravest woman I know and you gave it a shot. You go girl!!! You are blessed to be so strong and have many people who love and support you. Dreams are never failures. Your dreams are just going in a new direction. You guys are super together you can do anything!

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  17. It is difficult to get unwanted news like that. Please know that we (your blog and IG readers) are here and we’re praying for you and keeping you in our thoughts throughout your journey. I totally understand about the difficulties of running an online shop. i did it for three years in 2009 and that was before the explosion of designers and two new lines every year!

    Stay strong, you got this! Also, I’m in Houston (I’m sewgoodsewfar on IG) and if you ever need to meet up for a coffee or chat, let me know. I’m here for you girl!!

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